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Urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry as a strategy for climate change adaptation and mitigation

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Illustration by Melanie Matthews.

Strategies could include adjustment of production systems, cropping patterns, selection of adapted crop varieties, diversification of cropping and/or farming systems, improved water management, using bio- and solid waste and rezoning for urban agriculture.

By Ir. Marielle Dubbeling
RUAF-Foundation (International network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and Food security)

The current challenges posed by climate change and its interaction with cities, urban poverty and food security are recognized globally. In its 2010 report, the World Bank makes a plea for innovative “outside-the-box” solutions to climate change adaptation and points out that environmentally sustainable solutions for food, water, energy and transport as integrated components of a city climate change adaptation and disaster risk management plan are needed (World Bank, 2010).

Urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry (UPAF) is one of these “outside-the-box” solutions currently being considered. UPAF can play a strong role in enhancing food security for the urban poor, greening the city and improving the urban climate, while stimulating the productive reuse of urban organic wastes and reducing the urban energy footprint. A review of the literature indicates that UPAF helps cities to become more resilient in the following ways:

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January 13, 2013   Comments Off

Farms flourish in Kenya’s cities

Teddy Kinyanjui poses with some of the produce from his farm on Ngecha Road, Spring Valley, Nairobi. Photo by Diana Ngila.

The Ministry of Agriculture estimates that 70 per cent of the city’s fresh produce supplies come from urban and peri-urban farms.

By Evelyn Situma
Business Daily Africa
January 10, 2013


Mr Waweru earns a handsome return from his farm every month and his cows produce about 240 litres of milk a day.

For Teddy Kinyanjui, 29, who has a charcoal oven and a heap of organic manure decomposing at the edge of his compound on Ngecha Road, Spring Valley, has found City Council of Nairobi askaris at his gate a couple of times.

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